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The Belvedere Academy

Modern Foreign Languages

In MFL, we aim to develop a love of language learning in all pupils and to foster a linguistic and cultural curiosity. We endeavour to equip students with the skills to make links between previously studied language content and to build on prior learning. MFL aims to prepare students to use language to justify and express interests and opinions, along with practical language use. Our curriculum allows students to express themselves in a variety of tenses and moods across a wide range of subject content, with an obvious focus on literacy. We promote diversity and tolerance, as well as important skills, such as effective communication, problem solving and critical thinking. We aim to develop the students’ digital literacy as well as increase their cultural understanding. The MFL curriculum is engaging and students reflect on themes, which are highly relevant to young people and the world around them.

 

The Department

In MFL, we don’t mind when you make mistakes; this means learning is happening. We love teaching about foreign cultures, whether this is hosting a boulangerie française, dressing up on El Día de la Hispanidad, or participating in Kung Fu workshops. We love it even more when our students truly engage in the language, culture and history of French, Spanish and Chinese speaking countries. We want you to see learning a language as so much more than just grammatical conjugations. We try to share our passion for travel by taking our students on study trips abroad, welcoming students from our partner schools in France, Spain and China, and facilitating foreign work experience in Sixth Form. We want our students to leave our classrooms with an awareness of the world around them and the confidence to use the language in context. On y va, vamos and 加油 (jiā yóu).

Course organisation

French

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introductions School

Half Terms

3 & 4

Family Clothes

Half Terms

5 & 6

Holidays

Film study - ‘Kirikou’

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Jobs House

Half Terms

3 & 4

Town Hobbies

Half Terms

5 & 6

Health

Francophonie project

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Family and relationships Town and neighbourhood

Half Terms

3 & 4

School studies Free time activities

Half Terms

5 & 6

Health

School life and rules

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Customs and festivals Travel and holidays

Half Terms

3 & 4

Future professional plans Future personal plans

Half Terms

5 & 6

Environment

Social issues

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Technology Global issues

Half Terms

3 & 4

Revision Continuation of Revision

Half Terms

5 & 6

Continuation of Revision

 

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Grammar overview Personal and youth identity

Half Terms

3 & 4

Cultural heritage Media and education

Half Terms

5 & 6

Literature and Les Choristes

IRP and La Haine

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Grammar overview La Haine and No et Moi

Half Terms

3 & 4

Cultural enrichment and

celebrating difference

Migration and Integration / Life through the Occupation

Half Terms

5 & 6

Diversity and Marginalisation

 

Spanish

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introductions Family

Half Terms

3 & 4

Clothes School

Half Terms

5 & 6

Holidays

Film study - 'Coco'

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

House Town and area

Half Terms

3 & 4

Jobs and future plans Health

Half Terms

5 & 6

Hobbies

Spanish speaking world project

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Family and relationships Town and neighbourhood

Half Terms

3 & 4

School studies Free time activities

Half Terms

5 & 6

Health

School life and rules

 

 

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Customs and festivals Travel and holidays

Half Terms

3 & 4

Future professional plans Future personal plans

Half Terms

5 & 6

Environment

Social Issues

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Technology Global issues

Half Terms

3 & 4

Revision Continuation of Revision

Half Terms

5 & 6

Continuation of Revision

 

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Grammar overview

Family and relationships

Education

Half Terms

3 & 4

World of work; fashion and technology Festivals, customs and traditions; Hispanic music and  film

Half Terms

5 & 6

Literature

Identity

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Grammar overview Spanish civil war; Bicycles are for the Summer; immigration

Half Terms

3 & 4

Francoist Spain; Pan’s Labyrinth; marginalisation Diversity and celebrating difference; dealing with past

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision

Mandarin Chinese 

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introductions to China and the language Numbers and greetings

Half Terms

3 & 4

Radicals and Family members Animals, Dates and Birthdays

Half Terms

5 & 6

Hobbies and free time

Chinese Cultural project

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Sports and opinions Countries and nationalities

Half Terms

3 & 4

Time of the day and Schools Subjects Foods, Drinks and going to the restaurant

Half Terms

5 & 6

Countries, Travel and the weather

Cultural project

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Physical descriptions and describing my bedroom Colours, Clothes, Money and going shopping

Half Terms

3 & 4

Daily Routine, Time, My town and directions Describing my house, Jobs and places of work

Half Terms

5 & 6

Interests and Hobbies and eating out

Weather and Travel, Sightseeing and Holidays

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Education and Future Plans In my town and local area

Half Terms

3 & 4

Festivals and Customs Internet and Social Trends

Half Terms

5 & 6

Career and Applying for a job

My home and family life

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Social Issues Food, Cuisine and Free Time

Half Terms

3 & 4

Celebrities and Inspirational Stories Review and examination technique preparation

Half Terms

5 & 6

Review and examination technique preparation

 

 

Enrichment

French Music Club

Spanish Current Affairs 

Chinese Arts and Crafts

Trips

Paris 

Valencia

Beijing 

MMU French and Spanish cinema trips

Chinese Edge Hill University trip for Chinese New Year

Chinese Music and Dance Performance

Chinese Restaurant

Staffing

Mr S. McGovern - Curriculum Leader of MFL

Miss C. Murray - Assistant Curriculum Leader of MFL

Ms S. Behrens - Head of Mandarin Chinese

Mrs N. McCarthy - Teacher of MFL

Ms M. Pozo - Teacher of MFL

Miss M. Potel - Teacher of MFL

Miss A. Darwent - Teacher of MFL

Miss V. Vuodi - Teacher of Mandarin Chinese

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